Obama administration pledges $156 million for Alzheimer's research and care

Published on February 9, 2012 at 4:57 AM · No Comments

Research to investigate the genetic underpinnings of the disease and to test drugs that may arrest its development will get an immediate $50 million boost.

Bloomberg: U.S. To Boost Funding For Alzheimer's Research By $50 Million This Year
The Obama administration is boosting funding for Alzheimer's research by $50 million this year to further investigate the genetic underpinnings of the disease and test drugs that may arrest its development.  About 5.1 million Americans suffer from the condition and caseloads are expected to double by 2050, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The cause of the degenerative condition is unknown and there is no cure (Wayne, 2/7).

National Journal: NIH To Get More Alzheimer's Funding
The Obama administration wants to add $80 million in spending on Alzheimer's research next year, bringing the total to $530 million a year in the hopes of heading off what doctors say will be an avalanche of dementia in the coming decades. President Obama will request $80 million in new research funding in his budget for fiscal 2013, and the National Institutes of Health will immediately direct an additional $50 million to Alzheimer's research this year, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We can't wait to confront the growing threat that Alzheimer's disease poses to American families, and to our nation as a whole," Sebelius said at a news conference (Quinton, 2/7).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Alzheimer's Research Gets Funding Boost
The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday for a two-year, $156 million cash infusion for Alzheimer's research and care. The money will help solidify a still-developing national plan to better treat and even prevent the illness by 2025 (Torres, 2/7).

CQ HealthBeat: Sebelius Unveils Investments And Proposals For Alzheimer's Research
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new financial investment in fighting Alzheimer's disease, including $50 million right away for research and $80 million to be included in the proposed 2013 budget for the National Institutes of Health. Beyond the $50 million for research, the administration will reprogram $26 million from the current federal budget to be used for education and outreach, support for patients and their caregivers, and improved data and collection, as work continues on development of a national plan to combat the disease (Norman, 2/7).

Boston Globe: Obama Administration Pledges $156 Million For Alzheimer's Research And Care
Representative Edward Markey applauded the Obama administration's announcement this morning that it would pledge $156 million for Alzheimer's research and care, a progressive, irreversible brain disorder afflicting approximately 5.1 million Americans. The announcement, Markey said, "heralds vital progress in our nation's commitment to curing this devastating disease." In January of 2011, Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act, which calls for an aggressive and coordinated national Alzheimer's disease plan. Markey, Democrat of Malden, wrote the bill (Jan, 2/7).

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